The golden hills of the well-paid trendy people are indeed a very special place. Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers owns a Music Conservatory here, everything smells like skunk, and there’s a foot clinic with a swiveling picture sign of a happy foot/sad foot that holds immense local superstition. Silver Lake is weird. And up until about a decade ago, it was also a complete and utter food desert.
Luckily, those dark days are well behind us and Silver Lake, while still weird, is overflowing with fantastic restaurants. Here’s our complete list of them.
This treehouse getaway is not one of the best restaurants in Silver Lake. It’s one of the best in Los Angeles. Cliff’s Edge’s surprisingly casual back patio alone is worth driving across the city for, but the interior is also killer, with a bar cranking out perfectly-made cocktails. Oh, and that food? Excellent. This what we call an “ace” restaurant friends, use it wisely.
The second location of the massively popular Thai joint might not have the party vibes and beer towers like its original Sunset Strip locale, but its kitschy nature is the perfect match for Silver Lake. This is some of the finest Thai food in the city, in a casual setting suited for almost anything. Crowds can get crazy.
L & E is one of those places you pass in your car with friends and everybody stops and says, “Wait, what the f*ck is that?!” The two-story neighborhood oyster bar looks like it was pulled straight out of a Woody Allen movie, with a big, beautiful space and people who look like well-placed extras, all having a good time. There’s frankly not a better spot in Silver Lake to grab some fresh oysters, a couple glasses of wine, and enjoy some of the best vibes in town.
Still one of the best restaurants in Silver Lake that nobody knows about, Bowery Bungalow is serving up excellent North African/Mediterranean fusion in a refurbished bungalow space worthy of the neighborhood. Its casual nature makes it a perfect spot to come in with friends and have some fun on the back patio, and intimate enough for some date night action.
In the land of Instagrammed coffee houses, LaMill rises above the rest because it’s a place for – wait for it – actual coffee drinkers. Order your beverage at a table and you’ll be treated to a fully-fledged coffee seminar that doesn’t suck. Otherwise, the food is delicious from breakfast to dinner and this place is also BYOB (with no corkage fee) at night. See ya there.
Alimento is the tiny neighborhood Italian spot where you take your parents to prove how far you’ve come. That’s not say it’s wildly expensive either – it’s actually somewhat reasonable. It’s stark and modern, and the food is truly impressive. Alimento is no one’s weekly haunt, but it is one massive feather in Silver Lake’s culinary cap.
Attention: Chef Ludo has officially landed in Silver Lake and the result is epic. The menu at this French/Mexican/brunch party is bordering on crazy town and that’s how Ludo prefers it. French bean burrito anyone? This bright six-table restaurant inside a strip mall is a wildly accessible addition to the not-so-accessible Trois empire. JUST GO.
Barbrix is one of those neighborhood spots that makes every other neighborhood look bad for not having it. Situated in an old 1940’s house, the Mediterranean tapas menu is perfect for sharing amongst your closest friends. Which is important because you guys will be sitting on that front patio drinking bottles of wine all night long.
Admittedly, most people come to Red Lion Tavern solely to drink and we don’t blame them for it. Their back patio beer garden is an Eastside treasure and always worthy of a beer boot or two or three with friends. Just don’t forget about their food. The gigantic sausage platter is a no-brainer for big groups and we’re definitely not mad about their chicken schnitzel either.
Sure, the lines at this massively popular ramen spot border on ridiculous, but stay strong friends. The ramen inside holds up with some of the best in the city and you can do take-out. Seriously, PLEASE DO TAKE-OUT. It tastes just as good on your couch and you get an extra few hours tacked on to your Netflix binge.
This dime-sized taco stand along Sunset Blvd. might not seem like much but it is your best bet for dirt-cheap, no-frills Mexican food in Silver Lake. While pretty much everything at this walk-up window is solid, we can go on record saying that chorizo and egg breakfast burrito has saved our lives on multiple Sunday mornings.
Technically located in East Hollywood, AKA Silverlake’s extension, this former preserves company rocked the entire Eastside psyche with their healthy and actually-satisfying breakfast/brunch menu. Only open till 4pm everyday, you have to go to this order-at-the-counter cafe already at peace with how long you’ll be waiting outside for, but we promise the food’s worth it.
Is this the best burger right now in LA? Head to this burger joint on Sunset for $6 meat sandwiches that will at least give you some serious thought on the debate. And despite being order-at-the-counter, Hache’s leafy patio will make you want to sit and stay awhile, whether you’re with friends or in for quick solo lunch.
Blair’s wins the award for being one of the few places in Silver Lake that’s actually full of people who live in Silver Lake. The brick-walled and white table-clothed American bistro does tend to run on the pricier side but that doesn’t stop Silver Lake from filling the place up each night. They know they’ll still be served one of the most dependable meals in the neighborhood.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Silver Lake has a brunch spot in a former fire station, so let’s just get to the rest: Edendale is good for anything. It has a casual front patio with great vibes and an interior where some serious drinking goes down. The American comfort food is good and the late-night menu is a potential lifesaver.
This locally-sourced Silver Lake cafe takes the whole farm-to-table thing to near-embarrassing heights, but it’s saved by the fact its food is godd*mn delicious. It’s also very affordable and easy to get in and out of any time of day. Oh, and that mac n cheese? Quietly some of the best in the city. Shhhhhhhh.